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A man refuses to believe that pilot error caused a fatal crash, and persists in looking for another reason.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Ernest K. Gann (book), Harold Medford (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... Sam McBane
Nancy Kwan ... Sally Fraser
Rod Taylor ... Capt. Jack Savage
Suzanne Pleshette ... Martha Webster
Jane Russell ... Jane Russell
Wally Cox ... Ralph Bundy
Nehemiah Persoff ... Ben Sawyer
Mark Stevens ... Mickey Doolan
Max Showalter ... Dan Crawford
Constance Towers ... Peg Burke
Howard St. John ... Mark Hutchins
Robert J. Wilke ... Stillman (as Robert Wilke)
Bert Freed ... Dillon
Dort Clark ... Ted Wilson
Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Llewlyn
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Storyline

Airliner crashes near Los Angeles due to unusual string of coincidences. Stewardess, who is sole survivor, joins airline executives in discovering the causes of the crash. Written by Arthur H. Olsen <102526.2017@compuserve.com>

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He played with death to prove a theory See more »

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Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezwinger des Todes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,525,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1964
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arcola Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The fictional airliner in Fate is the Hunter is a DC-7, substantially altered to look like a contemporary jet airliner, but not resemble any that actually existed. Because of the theme (and to avoid spoiling an excellent ending), no airline or aircraft manufacturer would have anything to do with the movie, and any resemblance to an actual aircraft would invite litigation. Curiously, there are aspects to the fake wings that are almost 30 years ahead of their time. See more »

Goofs

The aircraft used for this movie - cobbled together from a Douglas propeller airliner - would be impossibly tail heavy with tail-mounted engines. The wings are too far forward. If it managed to achieve flight, it would instantly stall and crash. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jack Savage: When your number's up, why fight it, right? And if its not, why worry about it?
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Connections

Referenced in JAG: Pilot Error (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung at various times by Rod Taylor
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Can you guess I liked this film?
28 August 2001 | by douglas-24See all my reviews

A complicated little film showing that the obvious isn't always the truth. A passenger aircraft crashes while being flown by the stereotypical risk-taking, flamboyant pilot, leaving only one survivor. With him dying in the crash, it doesn't take the vultures long before they are clamouring for an excuse to point the finger of blame his way. His long time friend and airline boss sets out to prove that it wasn't so, and through a fascinating series of flashbacks and vignettes, the not-so-obvious plot unwinds into a wonderful vindication of his dead friend. Absolutely astounding actors and a solid script make this a must see. It takes time and effort to watch the subtleties unwind but it makes it worth the effort.


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